We chose the long way home after a visit with my Dad (for his 93rd birthday). Highway 1, California’s Pacific Coast Highway, stretches the length of the state and offers some of the most stunning coastal views you’ll find anywhere. We drove the section from San Luis Obispo to Monterey, taking advantage of a few of the roadside stops along the way.
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Carryoncouple thanks you for helping our blog travel to new territory in 2018. Our site has recorded nearly 5,300 views this year, surpassing our record from 2013, when we walked the Camino de Santiago. Your interest in our Way of St. Francis trek this spring exceeded all our other trips, including 181 in one day.
Since our kickoff in 2012, carryoncouple.com has recorded more than 25,000 views in 119 countries, led by the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia and Italy. We await someone in Antarctica to extend our reach to every continent.
What is our most popular post? It comes from our 2012 visit to Verona, Italy. Pictured above, our post about the Basilica di San Zeno still attracts views and has been seen nearly 700 times.
Here’s to Word Press, to nearly 400 followers, and to many more adventures!
The Coquille River Lighthouse was first lit in 1896 and continued to guide ships to safety off the coast of Bandon, Oregon until it was decommissioned in 1939.Bullard Beach State Park provides the starting point for a brisk 5+ mile round trip walk to the lighthouse. You’ll find plenty of opportunity for beach access along the way. Several parking lots are available those less adventurous.These days the lighthouse opens to provide a glimpse into the past…a brief history lesson for visitors, campers and history buffs. It also serves as inspiration (for photographers) from either shore of the Coquille River.
As a New Year dawns, we wish our family, friends and followers a peaceful and happy 2018.
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Violent forces lasting millions of years have produced one of the most peaceful and inspiring sites on Earth, Arches National Park in Utah.
We knew that small parking lots at trail heads fill up quickly on busy days so we left early this morning, thinking a Monday would be a good bet. It worked.
Formed by water and ice, extreme temperatures and salt movement underground, more than 2,000 arches grace the park.
We started with the most popular, Delicate Arch, and the three-mile trek was almost as spectacular as the destination. By the time we returned to our car, the parking spaces were full. The park is expanding the lot, making us speculate about the resulting crowded conditions at the arch.
This list rang home more than any other we have seen recently.
Happiness was a much discussed topic leading up to our recent move north. Leaving the life we knew to start over in a new city was exciting, but would we be happy?
While scrolling through the news the other day, I stumbled upon this article – Ten Things Happy People Understand.
Although I consider myself a happy person, (most of the time) I opened the article and started to read, curious to discover if I qualified as one of the “Happy People.”
Happiness, according to this article, will take a lot of work. But what in life that’s worth having ever comes easily? You may or may not agree with these ten points, but they certainly provide some food for thought. As for me, I’m reassured that we have a reasonably good shot of finding happiness here in Ashland.
Reg and I have asked this question of each other many times since we first met. Over the years we've walked miles and miles together. The arrival of our three boys didn't slow us down. We once bribed them, one chocolate M & M at a time, encouraging their little preschool legs to complete the 3.5-mile loop around the Wawona Meadow in Yosemite. It took us the better part of the day!
One of my favorite things about living in Ashland is being able to head out my front door and set foot in any direction. My walks have taken me uphill and down, through neighborhoods filled with beautiful homes and into downtown where restaurants and boutiques await. The fresh air and local beauty are my therapy.
The slow pace of walking allows one to appreciate the the simple things in life; things that might otherwise go unnoticed. And the best part is that it doesn't cost a thing! All you need is a pair of shoes, and you too can discover what treasures are hiding in your neighborhood. It will be fun…I promise!
Sometimes there are lessons to learn from my wandering. I stumbled upon the Hargadine Cemetery one day as I was walking around a corner, downhill towards home. It was obviously a fascinating piece of history, so I couldn't resist wandering among the weathered headstones. After a little research I learned that Robert Hargadine was a local merchant and one of three original founders of this community once known as Ashland Mills. Sadly, his one-year-old daughter was the first to be buried on the wooded slope back in 1867.